38 days to go until I run my first half marathon. This past Sunday while slogging away at 8 miles I had a lot of thoughts running through my head.
I'm slow. Very slow. I guess technically I'm "jogging" and definitely wouldn't classify it as "running" but I'm for sure not "walking" except for when I actually take a walk break. I have no time goal with my half marathon. Well... I at least want to cross the finish line while they still have one out there. The course time limit says 4 hours and right now I'm averaging what would be a 3 hr half. So I guess I'll be fine.
This is in no way whatsoever easy for me. Last August I couldn't run a whole minute. I can now run a full mile with out having to take a walk break, but again, I'm not out there running a 9 minute mile either so I guess it's all relative. The last mile this Sunday was HARD.
I bought one of those water bottle belts. I wore it for the first time on Sunday. I hated it. Who can run with one of those things strapped around them for mile after mile? When my husband met me at the 1/2 way mark to follow along next to me on his bike, I quickly pulled off that water belt and made him take it. Do I need to bring my own water along for my half? There are 5 aid stations along the route for my half marathon and it says they'll have water and Nuun. I kind of think I don't need to torture myself with that water bottle belt. Plus it was expensive. I would hate to find myself flinging it towards some random person on the side of the street around mile 5. Because I totally would!
I'm having an issue with my feet. I went to Fleet Feet and got fitted for new shoes. They felt great on my two short runs of the week then mile 6-8 on Sunday the bottoms of my feet started to hurt again like my long run the week before. I actually think I could have an issue with my socks. I wear socks that have that tight band around the arches "for support" and I think my feet start to swell around mile 6 and the socks are too constricting which causes blood flow issues which then causes the pain. As soon as I take off my shoes and socks it all goes away.
Do you have a sock recommendation? Let me hear it! And yes I realize we all don't have the same feet, I'm just curious what you're wearing.
Right now I'm at that spot in my training where I realize a 13.1 run is totally doable (even at 3 hours!) but then I'm like, "OMG I just want to lay down on that person's lawn and take a nap, and I'm just going to ride my bike because it's soooo much easier and at least I'm sitting down when I'm riding it and I'll never complain about huffing and puffing up a mountain again."
I'm not going to tell you the amount of time I've spent reading about underwear on the Runner's World Forums.
This weekend my husband and I are going to drive the half marathon course which will either put me at ease or completely freak me out. A freak out would be scary ...I'm not an easy to person to freak out. I'm like super calm chill. *fingers crossed*